Middleburg, Screening Lee's Army

Inscription: During the Gettysburg Campaign in June 1863, Middleburg was the scene of major cavalry operations. On June 17, 1863, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's small force, charged with screening Gen. Robert E. Lee's infantry moving north and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was surprised by Federal cavalry moving toward Middleburg from the south. Stuart's troops barely escaped as Col. Alfred Duffie's 1st Rhode Island Cavalry (275 men) poured into the town.